World Book Day 2018

Thank you for a lovely World Book Day in the snow, Maple Cross. It has been a pleasure to see so much learning linked to reading today and our whole school story telling of The Three Little Pigs was a real highlight. Thank you to our visitors who came to read stories this afternoon. It was really special to share our love of books and reading with our wider Maple Cross community. Our library ambassadors from Year 6 did a fantastic job promoting a passion and curiosity for reading by first sharing story clues and then revealing the new book to each class in the school. A wonderful reading opportunity!

There are still books to be won as part of our special World Book Day raffle! Come and play tomorrow! Will you guess which books have been chosen by the teachers?

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You are so generous!

Look at our new library books, all down to the generousity of the Maple Cross families! All of these have been purchased from the library wish list and will be on display in the library, including a bookplate for each book showing the family that donated it and a special message from each family. Thank you so much.

If you would like to donate a book for the library, please see our amazon wish list. All you need to do is put your special message for the book as a gift message. This message will be on the bookplate.

If you have any questions, please leave me a message through the school office or ask for me in school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Thank you again!

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New books for the library

Thank you to all the families who have sponsored new library books. These books are being purchased and a special bookplate with your message will be inside the book you purchased. All of these new books will be on display in the library; please come by and see “your” book!

To make helping the library even easier, the school has set up a list of books we’d like for the library on Amazon. To find our wish list, use the “Your lists” tab then click on search, using our e-mail address

All you need to do is search this list, purchase the book and type your personalised message for the book in the area where you can include a gift message. The book will be delivered straight to the school and put in the library. We will let you know when the book is in school and ready to be borrowed by the children.

Thank you for any way you can support keeping high quality, exciting, and interesting books in our school library. This library is a vital part of learning at Maple Cross and your support is very much appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact me through the school office or post a comment on this post.

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Reading Workshop and Celebration

This afternoon it was great to welcome many families to find out more about supporting reading at home. Mrs Storms, our school librarian, shared many useful pieces of information. The children also created posters to share lots of ideas and thoughts with all those who were able to attend.

The children led mini sessions with parents and carers about lots of different ways reading can be supported at home.

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We look forward to welcoming you in all to school next Friday at 2.45pm to see reading in our classrooms.


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Manatee Baby

In this week’s library session, Year 5 finished reading Manatee Baby by Nicola Davies. What an ending! I found the epilogue had a mix of emotions for me; what did you think?

The circumstances of the manatee’s rescue and his protection seemed to inspire some ethical questions around hunting for sport. Year 5, are you ready to have a debate in next week’s library session?

To get you ready and to give you more information about the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity, who I have met by the way, have a look at his Guinness World Records entry and his live cam.

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm… We did it!

In Wednesday’s library sessions, Years 5 and 6 finished reading The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies. What a book! I thought the ending was perfect and especially appreciated the epilogue. What did you think?

If you want to re-read chapter 1, check this out.

Summer term will include more from Nicola Davies’ Heroes of the Wild series. Year 5 will be reading Manatee Baby and Year 6, Walking the Bear. I’m really excited!

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